Low fertility in South Korea: a springboard for social change and conservation

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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Date of Publication: May 2019

Publisher: The Overpopulation Project

Author(s): Jenna Dodson

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In the 1960s and 70s, South Korea experienced one of the fastest fertility declines in the world, halving the number of children born per woman from over 6 to less than 3 in just 18 years. In large part, this was due to early government recognition that fertility reduction is a component of development, a strategy that generated rapid economic and social development. A strong family planning program aided the fertility decline. With the right policies, South Korea can take advantage of below replacement fertility as a springboard for social change, biodiversity conservation, and living in balance with nature.

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  • Greeley Miklashek

    This article makes no sense. Having 3 children INCREASES the population and only a voluntary one-child family movement can accomplish the decline in the article (1.6). I wish it had a much more systematic review of Degrowth in South Korea. It seems to be working well in Japan, although too many Japanese are still working themselves to death unnecessarily. This Degrowth issue is barely investigated anywhere and we desperately need more research, God forbid with Our Mad King Donald and his ham-fisted ship of fools, now attempting to move against all forms of contraception. The US is 165 times more populous than it was in 1492. No wonder we’re having increasing ecological crises. Stress R Us